ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Arts and crafts aren’t just for kids, they’re becoming more popular as works of art.

Homemade pieces have become more cherished than some manufactured goods and next weekend you can check them all out at the American Craft Council Show.

“It’s in its 27th year believe it or not,” Pamela Diamond said. “This year, besides the 240 artists from around the country, we have a new exhibit called make room — modern design meets craft.”

Ten designers from the Twin Cities are asked to make a room around a craft.

David Sunderland from Andrew Martin Interiors was given the red striped house by Jack McLean, and he started with the floor.

“I like to start on the ground with the rug, because it literally grounds you,” he said.

Then from the chairs, to the table and lamps, it all goes back to the craft.

“It’s a great marriage to have craft and designers work together,” he said. “It’s really a clever idea.”

It’s for the designers, and for you, who may be looking for an update at home.

“The whole idea is to give people craft ideas,” Diamond said.

The American Craft Council show will also feature a variety of one-of-a-kind handmade items, including jewelry, clothes and home decor.

The show starts 10 a.m. Friday, April 19 at the St. Paul River Centre, and runs until Sunday.

A one-day pass is $12 and a three-day pass is $20. There’s also scotch and whiskey tasting.


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